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Poll sees young people warming to Obamacare

WASHINGTON — As the deadline approaches for enrolling in Obamacare health coverage this year, younger Americans have warmed somewhat to the president’s health care law, but Latinos remain closely split over it.

Analysis: Ukraine tests Obama’s slow and steady approach

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s penchant for diplomacy and soft power is being tested by the burgeoning crisis in Ukraine, as he seeks to punish Russia for annexing Crimea while preventing a larger conflict should Moscow continue encroaching on its neighbors.

Dear Abby: What’s become of maternity wear?

Dear Abby: I am wondering why pregnant women these days don’t wear smocks like we all wore years ago. While I do think pregnant women are attractive, I really don’t want to see their swollen bellies. Wouldn’t it be better to just “imagine” what is under that smock or long skirt? Does anyone agree with me?

Campaign finance reports suggest parties’ strategies

WASHINGTON — Republicans are trying to convert hard-won gains in statehouses to successes in this November’s congressional elections and the 2016 race for the White House, according to a review of their campaign finance reports.
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Obama orders new round of sanctions against Russia

WASHINGTON — Seeking to intensify pressure on Russia, President Barack Obama today expanded U.S. economic sanctions against Moscow, targeting 20 individuals inside and outside the government, as well as a Russian bank that provides them support.
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General fined, reprimanded: Sinclair avoids jail in controversial case

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — An Army general who carried on a three-year affair with a captain and had two other inappropriate relationships with subordinates was reprimanded and docked $20,000 in pay today, avoiding jail time in one of the military’s most closely watched courts-martial.

Dear Abby: How do I tell my son that pot’s OK?

Dear Abby: Due to various anti-drug lectures he was exposed to at school, my 13-year-old son believes that marijuana is not only illegal, but also is very bad for you. He said it is poison.

Cancer patients run into flaw with health plan

WASHINGTON — Cancer patients relieved that they can get insurance coverage because of the new health care law may be disappointed to learn that some the nation’s best cancer hospitals are off-limits.

New White House website brings together climate data

WASHINGTON — As part of its campaign to step up efforts to address climate change, the White House today announced the creation of a new website to serve as a one-stop location for the enormous amount of climate data housed at different federal agencies.
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Army general should know his fate soon

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The sentencing hearing for a 51-year-old Army general who admitted to inappropriate relationships with three subordinates was expected to wrap up today after testimony by friends and colleagues who praised his leadership.
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U.S. announces $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota

WASHINGTON — The U.S. has reached a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota Motor Corp. and filed a criminal charge alleging the Japanese automaker defrauded consumers by issuing misleading statements about safety issues in Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

States push to make community college free

PORTLAND, Ore. — Nothing sparks consumer demand like the word “free,” and politicians in some states have proposed providing that incentive to get young people to attend community college.

After plea deal, general hopes to avoid jail

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Lawyers for an Army general who admitted to emotionally harming a subordinate during a three-year affair will argue today that he shouldn’t face jail time for a crime for which civilians wouldn’t be prosecuted.

Dear Abby: Pregnant sister facing jail strikes up reader responses

Dear Abby: Your answer to “Heartbroken in Alabama” (Jan. 2) did not go deep enough. The pregnant sister, “Nicole,” who is facing prison time, needs to contact the Department of Children’s Services in her county/state as soon as possible. They will oversee the placement of her child if said child is born in jail or prison.